Greys displaying as brown in Illustrator 23

New Here ,
Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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Anything grey in color—whether it's in RGB, CMYK, or grayscale—displayes with a brown tint on-screen. This is only objects in the file; the UI and pasteboard are grey as they should be. I have 2 monitors and it's the same on both so I'm assuming it's not a monitor calibration issue. 

 

An example: if I create a rectangle and, with the eyedropper, sample the grey outside of the artboard, it should match that color. It shows it as brown. The color values in this case are 96, 96, 96 (#606060), but it won't display it properly. (See attached screenshot.) I tested it on another PC in Illustrator 23.0.2 with a new file. It displays it perfectly with the rectangle blending into the pasteboard's grey. I opened that file in this PC's Illustrator and it looks brown. I also copied and pasted the object into Photoshop, which displays it properly. 

 

I researched the issue and found nothing online except basic color changing for beginners or issues printing greys. This has been happening for months. I'm not sure of the exact time or version it started. It's only on this PC that this is occurring. I'm running the latest version (currently 23.1) on Windows 10. 

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New Here , May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022

I had the same issue, changing the "Proof Setup" fixed it for me, I hope it does for you too.

 

In Illustrator, go to View> Proof Setup

Select "Monitor RGB", mine was set to "Working CMYK"

All that used to show brown (that I know was gray) changed to the gray I was expecting.

I hope this is the case with yours.

Cheers.

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Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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How is color management set up?

WHich color mode is the document?

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Oct 15, 2019 Oct 15, 2019

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I've tried both CMYK and RGB. This is on all documents—print and web. All other color-related settings haven't been touched. They're all Adobe's defaults.

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You have to setup color management to your needs. You have to calibrate your monitor.

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Ok. I did that in the past, but for good measure, went through the process again with the built-in Windows 10 calibrator. If it was the monitor, then wouldn't the UI in Illustrator look brown and not gray? Grays in Photoshop are displaying correctly. I tried various settings in Illustrator's Color Settings. I don't see any visible difference.

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Can you try one last thing and use View > Preview on CPU? Maybe it's something with the graphic card or its driver. You don't have any softproof set up?

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I had the same issue, changing the "Proof Setup" fixed it for me, I hope it does for you too.

 

In Illustrator, go to View> Proof Setup

Select "Monitor RGB", mine was set to "Working CMYK"

All that used to show brown (that I know was gray) changed to the gray I was expecting.

I hope this is the case with yours.

Cheers.

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